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On The Road Again: Bonnies Head To The Bronx To Complete Season Series With Fordham

ST. BONAVENTURE (12-8, 4-3 A-10) at FORDHAM (7-12, 1-6 A-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 29 - 7:00 p.m.
Bronx, N.Y.
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  • St. Bonaventure enters Wednesday looking to bounce back from a three-game skid after an unenviable trio of games at VCU, at No. 7 Dayton and vs. Rhode Island in the past week.
  • The Bonnies have been one of the A-10's elite programs in recent years as the only school in the league to win at least 10 games during conference play in each of the past five seasons. Much of that success is due to Bona's ability to avoid losing streaks - SBU has not lost four consecutive A-10 games since 2014. The program's last three-game skid in A-10 play was almost exactly four years ago - Jan. 16-24, 2016 when the Bonnies rebounded to finish 14-4 and earn a share of the A-10 regular season title. That season, the Bonnies would win nine of their final 10 regular season contests after the three-game skid.
  • The Bonnies and Fordham are meeting for the second time in 18 days after Bona scored a 64-44 victory over the Rams at the Reilly Center on Jan. 11. On that day, the Bonnies limited Fordham to just 24 percent shooting from the floor and while the Rams hit nine three-pointers, they came on 40 attempts for just a 23 percent success rate.
St. Bonaventure 64, Fordham 44 (1/11/20)
Kyle Lofton delivered 17 points and seven assists, sinking six of his seven field goal attempts while a returning Jaren English made an impact with 16 points and six assists. Osun Osunniyi again dominated the boards with 14 rebounds, adding six points and three blocks.
In the early going, the Bonnies threatened to blow the game wide open as they launched a 13-0 run to grab a 31-17 advantage.
A cold spell from the hosts left the door open for the Rams to narrow the gap as they closed within 45-40 with nine minutes to play.
English helped end the Rams rally effort, working to the line for a pair of free throws and then found a cutting Bobby Planutis in front of the basket to stretch the lead to nine. A free throw from Matt Johnson and a drive to the rim from English pushed the advantage back to 12 and the Rams would never threaten again.
Wednesday marks the 44th meeting between the Bonnies and the Rams. St. Bonaventure leads the series 26-17 and has won eight straight over its in-state foe. Stretching further, the Bonnies have won 14 of the last 15 games dating back to 2010.  Dominick Welch posted 11 points and six rebounds in last year's 74-53 win at Fordham while Osun Osunniyi had eight points and 11 rebounds.
- The Rams are 1-6 in conference play, with their lone victory coming against George Washington, 59-54, on Jan. 22. The Rams also took Duquesne to the wire before falling, 58-56, in overtime. 
- Offensively, Fordham ranks last in the conference, averaging just 58.5 points per game. 
- Despite ranking last offensively, the Rams are the top defensive team in the A-10, allowing just 60.6 points on average. 
- Fordham's rebounding margin of -3.3 puts them in 12th place in the league, while the Bonnies sit in third with a +2.3 margin. The Rams lost their leading scorer and rebounder, redshirt junior Chuba Ohams, on Jan. 5 to a season-ending knee injury. 
- Sophomore guard Jalen Cobbs leads the Rams scoring with an average of 11.6 points per game, followed closely by senior guard Antwon Portley (10.3 ppg).
4 - SBU ranks fourth in the A-10 during conference play in both overall field goal percentage (43.3%) and 3-point percentage (33.6%).
10 - Bona is leading the A-10 by committing a conference-low 10 turnovers per game during conference play. 
41.8% - Alejandro Vasquez has shot 41.8 percent from long range this year, best of any A-10 freshman.
42% - For the year, Kyle Lofton has struggled from distance (29.4%), but has been a 42% shooter beyond the arc in conference play (8-19), ranking seventh in the A-10.
52% - Jaren English has shot 52 percent from the floor in five A-10 games.
Bona freshman guard Alejandro Vasquez has shown signs of being a potential A-10 star. Vasquez leads all Atlantic 10 freshmen by shooting 41.8 percent (23-55) from beyond the three-point line this season. That total also ranks fifth among all A-10 players for the year.
The Bonnies have enjoyed much of their success this year away from home. Since Dec. 1, St. Bonaventure is 6-3 in games away from the Reilly Center. Two of those wins are on neutral courts (vs. San Diego, vs. UMass) while four are in true road games (at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at GW, at George Mason).
Freshman Robert Carpenter has taken an increased role in the past three games with Osun Osunniyi out. Carpenter has shown flashes of the promise that made him a strong prospect out of Mt. Zion Prep (MD) where he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds. After a mouth injury cost him the first three A-10 games, he responded with 12 minutes of action at VCU, then scored a career-best seven points (3-5 FG) in 12 minutes off the bench at No. 7 Dayton. Mt. Zion also turned out another A-10 gem recently - Dayton's Obi Toppin.
Bonnies sophomore Jaren English been strong in his first handful of games at the Atlantic 10 level. The Michigan native has averaged a Bonnies' best 14.8 ppg in Atlantic 10 play, matching his Division I-best scoring output with 17 points Jan. 22 at No. 7/7 Dayton. He has shot 52% from the floor in A-10 action.
Bona's lone senior, Amadi Ikpeze has had an opportunity at big minutes recently with Osun Osunniyi out due to concussion. He posted a career-high 11 rebounds on Saturday vs. Rhode Island including five on the offensive glass. Ikpeze's 38 offensive rebounds lead the team this year. 
Wednesday's game is a homecoming of sorts for mutliple members of the Bona roster. Five Bonnies hail from the New York-New Jersey region: Alejandro Vasquez (Queens), Kyle Lofton (Hillside, N.J.), Osun Osunniyi (Pleasantville, N.J.), Justin Winston (West Orange, N.J.) and Malik Lacewell (Brooklyn). 
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